MAS in Watch Design

The Master of Advanced Studies in Watch Design (MAS-CH) allows you to master the new challenges related to watch movement and casing.


The MAS in Watch Design responds to the permanent evolution of research and development in watchmaking. It focuses on the study of watch movements, both electronic and mechanical, and on watch decoration.

This is the most advanced course dedicated to watch design.


The MAS-CH is composed of several theoretical (Tuesday evenings) and practical (Thursdays) modules that can be taken independently.

Theoretical modules

Module description

Theory of mechanical watchmaking20Damien Prongué (HE-Arc)20.09-22.11.2022
Introduction to mechanical engineering12Nicolas Déhon (Breitling)20.09-25.10.2022
Manufacture of watch components8Nicolas Déhon (Breitling)01-22.11.2022
Strength of materials16Jean-Daniel Lüthi (HE-Arc)29.11.2022-28.02.2023
Assembly and automation8Philippe Liscia (HE-Arc)29.11-20.12.2022
Barrel spring4Maurizio Tucci (Sellita)10-17.01.2023
History of watchmaking4Paul Clementi (Dimier)21-28.02.2023

Module description

Microengineering components and processes8Thierry Hessler (HE-Arc)07-28.03.2023
Setting8Jean-Luc Helfer (ETA)07-28.03.2023
Flexible guides4Pascal Winkler (ETA)04-18.04.2023
New technologies4Pierre Cusin (Nivarox)04-18.04.2023
Interlocking construction elements12Christophe Guerry (HE-Arc)25.04-09.05.2023
Complications12Sylvain Varone (CIFOM)23.05-06.06.2023

Module description

Electronic watches8Yvan Terés (Laboratoire Dubois)13.06-26.09.2023
Introduction to electronic construction8Vittorio Zanesco (ETA)13.06-26.09.2023
Integrated circuits8Cédric Barbelenet (Independent)03-24.10.2023
Lavet motors8Jörg Berthoud (ETA)03-24.10.2023
Batteries6Yann Beaufils (Leclanché)31.10-14.11.2023
Quartz6Thierry Hessler (HE-Arc)31.10-14.11.2023

Module description

Polymers8Irena Milosevic (hepia)21.11-12.12.2023
CVD and PVD coatings8Oksana Banakh (HE-Arc)21.11-12.12.2023
Ceramics8Ollivier Pujol (Rolex)19.12.2023-20.02.2024
Galvanic treatments8Pierre-Antoine Gay (HE-Arc)19.12.2023-20.02.2024
New materials8Andreas Blatter (PX group)27.02-19.03.2024
Precious metals8Tuomas Jalanti (Rolex)27.02-19.03.2024
Additive manufacturing4Eric Boillat (EPFL)26.03-09.04.2024
Watch tribology4Eric Rosset (hepia)26.03-09.04.2024

Module description

Oscillation theory16Jean-Daniel Lüthi (HE-Arc)16.04-11.06.2024
Connected watches16Thierry Hessler (HE-Arc)16.04-11.06.2024
Time-frequency4Pierre Thomann (Independent)18.06.2024

Practical modules

Module description

Movement construction 1136Alain Zaugg (Independent), Loïc Pellaton (Ulysse Nardin), Nicolas Déhon (Breitling), Damien Prongué (HE-Arc)22.09.2022-04.05.2023

Module description

Practical training24Sylvain Varone (CIFOM)27.10-10.11.2022
Measurement of mechanical movements16Gilles Greub (HE-Arc)17-24.11.2022
Production engineering8Philippe Liscia (HE-Arc)26.01.2023
Watch simulations32David Weber (HE-Arc)23.02-16.03.2023
Interlocking construction32Christophe Guerry (HE-Arc)11.05-08.06.2023
Materials16Raymond Constantin (HE-Arc)14-21.12.2023

Module description

Complication design48Alain Zaugg (Independent)15.06-12.10.2023

Module description

Movement construction 280Alain Zaugg (Independent), Loïc Pellaton (Ulysse Nardin), Damien Prongué (HE-Arc), Romain Clivaz (Aleph Insight)19.10.2023-29.02.2024

Module description

Electronic motion measurement16Gilles Greub (HE-Arc)16-23.11.2023
Connected watch32Thierry Hessler (HE-Arc)23.05-13.06.2024

Module description

Finished watch72Stéphane Bourquin (hepia)07.03-16.05.2024

This continuing education program ends with a 300-hour Master’s thesis in a company, during which a teacher monitors and advises you.


You will be able to analyse and design a watch movement, whether mechanical or electronic, as well as the watch case.

Target Audience

The MAS-CH is intended for holders of a Bachelor of Science or equivalent (HES, EPF, University) degree in microengineering or in another field.

Holders of an ES diploma or equivalent may be admitted depending on the places available. Three years of professional experience must be proven.

Access to the MAS-CH is based on a dossier. Candidates are admitted definitively after validation by the Haute Ecole Arc on the basis of the qualifications obtained and, secondarily, of professional experience.

Degree Awarded

Master of Advanced Studies in Watch Design

Duration and Organization of Studies

Duration of studies

Part-time: 5 semesters


Neuchâtel, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Le Locle, Genève


This program is jointly organized by the Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie, the Haute Ecole du paysage, d’ingénierie et d’architecture de Genève (hepia) and the Convention patronale de l’industrie horlogère.


Next opening

20 September 2022

Registration deadline

31 May 2022


24 000 CHF


At the end of this MAS, you will master the new challenges related to the design of watch movements and watch cases. This will enable you to manage large-scale projects within the technical offices and R&D units of watchmaking companies.

Apply now!


Head of the MAS:
Christophe Guerry
+41 32 930 25 64

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